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Lowes Foods has recently partnered with NC State University, NC A&T State University, and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and pledges to be a major partner of the 10% Campaign, which is a North Carolina initiative that was created to encourage consumers to spend 10 percent of their food budget on locally-produced food.
The 10% Campaign was launched in 2010 by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, a partnership of N.C. State University, N.C. A&T State University and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In 18 months, the campaign’s website has recorded more than $13 million in local foods purchases by more than 4,500 individual consumers and 500 businesses.
Lowes Foods already exceeds the 10% locally grown goal for fresh fruits and vegetables in their North Carolina stores during the North Carolina growing season. The company is striving to sell even more this year. They are seeking North Carolina products across many categories including seafood and packaged products. The company is actively working with farmers to teach them the best way to get their products through the distribution system of a large grocery chain. Lowes Foods will again be offering their “Locally Grown Club” program this summer which is a convenient way for customers to purchase a box of locally grown produce each week.
“Lowes Foods represents the largest grocery chain to sign on to the 10% Campaign, with over one hundred stores in North Carolina alone” said Teisha Wymore, coordinator of the 10% Campaign. “Our mission is aligned with what Lowes Foods and their sister company, Merchants Distributors, Inc., are doing by being supportive of their local growers and by making a commitment to buy seasonally-available and locally-grown produce,” Wymore said.
Lowes Foods is proud to partner with such a great program that focuses so closely on the local communities and the need to support these businesses by buying locally grown and manufactured goods. Richard McKellogg, Produce Director for Lowes Foods says, “Our commitment to buying local has not waivered nor do we view this as a trend. Each year we continue to focus more of our resources toward this initiative to support our local neighbors.”
For more information, or if you would like to learn how to become a supporter of the 10% Campaign, please visit www.nc10percent.com .
About Lowes Foods
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc. Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs 9000 people and operates 107 stores in
About Alex Lee
Founded in 1931, Alex Lee, Inc is a family owned company based in
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc.